Maybe he doesn’t realize he’ll need a coach. Dwight Howard, an NBA locker room headache for 10 years now, says he’d be willing to one day fight in the UFC – for a $10 million price tag. The Houston Rockets big man told UFC president Dana White and Rockets teammate Chandler Parsons before UFC 166 at Houston’s Toyota Center that he’d be willing to throw down in the Octagon. The scene was captured on White’s UFC Fight for the Troops vlog. “If I get knocked out, I get knocked out,” said Howard, who signed a four-year, $88 million deal with the Rockets in July. “I’ll get back up one day.” Never one to pass up a huge payday, White was all over it. “I want to do that pay-per-view when you’re ready, man,” the UFC boss said with a laugh. White won’t be recruiting Parsons any time soon, though. When Howard said he’d be interested in fighting, Parsons’ eyes widened. Howard asked if he would ever do it and Parsons responded with an emphatic: “Hell no.” “Bro, I would literally f---ing die,” Parsons said. “They would rip my f---ing head off.” Those two and other Rockets players like James Harden stuck around to watch one of the best UFC cards ever. Gilbert Melendez beat a bloodied, battered and punch drunk Diego Sanchez in a Fight of the Year candidate in which Sanchez almost stunningly knocked out Melendez late. In the main event, Cain Velasquez retained his UFC heavyweight title by abusing Junior dos Santos for nearly five full rounds.
Howard: I’ll fight in the UFC for $10M
Fox Sports | Nov 7